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Past + Future/Future Memories, a dual art exhibition by painter Yosef Lule and photographer Michael Tsegaye opened at the Alliance Ethio-Française on the evening of November 5, 2014.
The exhibition featured a number of paintings as well as photographs depicting the country’s transformation and its effect on individual people.
Both artists are not new to exhibitions, in fact, both are very well known for their work and have had the opportunity to showcase it.
Yosef Lule, 37 years old, was born and raised in Assela. After graduating from the Addis Ababa Fine Arts School in 2001 he became one of the founding members of the Habesha Arts Studio and a full time artist.
The artist is inspired by what he sees and feels through his day to day activities as well as his travels.
“It is important that artists keep their unique method and style and then continues working on it,” Yosef, who strives to bring joy through his paintings, says.
Michael Tsegaye who was born in 1975 lives and works in Addis Ababa. He received his diploma in painting from Addis Ababa University’s School of Fine Arts and Design in 2002. Although his first interest was in painting, he unfortunately had to give it up due to allergy to oil paint.
This unfortunate circumstance opened the way for a new passion to flourish and Michael ventured into photography. He made this form of art his profession as well as a way of expressing his voice.
He says that as a photographer, he tries to avoid being pigeonholed. “I place myself among my peers (photographers and painters) across the world. While the spirit of my culture, it’s traditions in music, poetry and literature, informs my photography, my goal is that of any artist; to understand my life and standpoint in the 21st century, and express it through art”.